Great product. Sounds great and very versatile - exactly what I was looking for.
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Yamaha RX-V681 - Cinema DSP 3D provides a wide, high, and dense soundfield without using presence speakers
Yamaha RX-V681 - MusicCast lets you set up a wireless whole home audio system with compatible Yamaha components
Yamaha RX-V681 - Virtual Cinema Front simulates surround sound effects when five connected speakers are all placed in the front of the room
Yamaha's AV Setup Guide for iOS® and Android™ tablets walks you through each step of the connection process.
Yamaha's AV Controller app for Apple and Android™ turns your mobile device into a Wi-Fi remote with an intuitive interface.
MusicCast puts whole home audio at your fingertips.
The Yamaha RX-V681 is a great choice for anyone with an equal appreciation for music and movies. You'll be primed to enjoy the most immersive surround sound formats and best picture quality to date with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, along with 4K and HDR (High Dynamic Range) technology. Music aficionados will appreciate convenient playback of several different high-resolution audio formats through the front-panel USB port or a networked computer. And if you're a vinyl lover, a phono input makes it easy to connect your turntable.
The RX-V681 has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Apple AirPlay all built in, so you have loads of options for wireless music streaming. Get music from around the world with vTuner Internet radio. There's built-in support for Pandora®, Rhapsody®, SiriusXM Internet radio and Spotify® Connect, so you can play and control your custom content directly through the receiver.
The RX-V681 has outputs for nine speakers, giving you flexible configuration options. You can connect seven speakers in your living room, and use the two extra speaker outputs to power a pair of speakers in a second room. That way, you can listen to stereo music in Zone 2 while others watch TV in the main room. When Zone 2 is powered on, Yamaha's Intelligent Amp Assign feature automatically redirects the power for the two surround back channels to your stereo setup in Zone 2, giving you five-channel surround sound in the living room.
MusicCast makes it easy to build a whole home wireless audio system with compatible Yamaha wireless speakers and sound bars. You'll have plenty of sources to choose from, including your personal digital music library, Internet radio, and popular streaming services. You can also play Bluetooth sources, sound from your TV, and even CDs and vinyl. MusicCast also supports high-resolution audio formats.
Great product. Sounds great and very versatile - exactly what I was looking for.
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Great product. Sounds great and very versatile - exactly what I was looking for.
This receiver is a tough one. I am a novice--non-tech type. The learning curve on this receiver frustrated me. I have HOURS of phone talk and HOURS of email with Crutchfield tech support. Tech support was a complete zero, negative until I stumbled on JT . Thank you, JT.
Sounds Great. Cant wait to get it completely set up. I Realize It is too expensive to send a full paper manual but one on a cd would have been nice.
Pros: Great Sounding unit but most everything Yahama is!
Cons: Manual available by download.
I have had the Yamaha RX-V681 a couple of weeks now and my overall opinion is very high. I replaced a Yamaha RX-V2500 which I was very happy with but some changes with my Cable/Internet provider, it made it a good time for the change. Unlike some other reviews I found the setup instructions pretty good. I did use the YPAO as my setup is a little unorthodox and needed some tuning which worked out great. I am running a Hotwire TV connection through the Receiver along with a Samsung Blu-Ray Player and a Yamaha CD player. I also have a Niles SI-275 amp to drive ceiling speakers in the rest of my condo. I am using two Definitive ProMonitor 800 as front speakers and a Definitive ProCenter 1000 Center Speaker. I also have two ceiling speakers (unknown brand) which I use for surround sound. To finish it off I have a Sunfire Super Junior subwoofer. Sound is definitely superb and noticeably better than the RX-V2500 although I am not sure why. I do like the IPad app but I can see where you could get confused if you don't read the manuals, as functionality access is different between the IPad app and the remote. I have had no problem with the TV pass through although you have to configure the Receiver for standby . Its in that area where I have my only concern. All my equipment is in an enclosed cabinet albeit with some small fans. The Yamaha definitely throws off some heat while in standby mode so my fans, which have a thermostat, run constantly.
Pros: Great sound Easy setup Wireless and Bluetooth work great
Cons: Need standby mode for TV pass-through and this modes generates some heat which poses some problems for enclosed environments.
Completely satisfied with the receiver; all that I expected.
Great receiver with many features. This is my second Yamaha and I'm very pleased with the product. Very easy to understand and setup. Great sound for my home theater. A great value for the money,
Pros: Easy setup and great sound
Fantastic product. User friendly. Easy to connect and works with the app to deliver audio in several different formats (satellite radio, pandora, in-ceiling speakers) with the touch of a button. Really happy with this receiver!
Cons: None thus far
Looking for a receiver that could give me pro sound with all of the bells and whistles of a network receiver this one took the cake. I was trying to find something to make sure my Klipsch G series would be powerful and this was the clear winner. Robust enough to provide Atmos sound, but also simple enough to program and auto tune.
Pros: Yamaha Brand
So far this receiver has been working well with my Samsung 4K tv and my home theater system. This is my 3rd Yamaha receiver I have purchased from Crutchfield. Very pleased how the Yamaha receivers have held up. Also purchased banana plugs for my wires. Should have done that along time ago. The easiest connection you can make with your receiver.
Pros: Yamaha receivers easy to set up.
Cons: None so far.
Great value for the money!! After down loading the instruction manual and reading it a few times a lot became clearer after time. But once you get the hang of it you won't regret. Crutchfield's tech support was fantastic
Pros: Great Sound
Cons: Can be difficult to understand if you are not familiar with receivers.
great receiver. This is my second Yamaha receiver. I bought this to replace my 10 year old yamaha. My old one still worked great but was outdated due to new video resolutions and technology. This new receiver has everything thing I need. I love how Yamaha still incorporates their old options and features along with new ones. I wouldn't waste my money on any other brand.
Pros: Its a Yamaha enough said
Cons: Whats not to like?
Bought with central speaker. See speaker review. Main objective was to improve TV sound, esp dialog 2nd to enter 21stC; replaces 40 yr old audio receiver. Hard to evaluate alone but having fooled with some of the settings it is clear that it has a big role in a tremendous improvement in sound of all inputs. Steep learning curve & It will be years before I get it all down. Wish things like tone settings were not so deeply buried. Combinations settings -- Scenes, Music, Movies -- are on the surface but simple things like bass and treble or a graphic equalizer (does it exist?) are hard to get to. The biggest negative has been FM reception of weak stations but hard to tell if it is the receiver itself or new position or changing severe weather or poor antenna supplied. Fooling with extension of antenna with some luck. Potential deal breaker. Variety of connection options big plus, allows use of old and new. Cost much more than some one as tight-fisted as me thought I would spend but has met both my objectives with lots of room and power to expand in numerous directions. Money well spent. Since I have room, a word about Crutchfield support, really excellent from sales/advisor to tech support.
Pros: Overall improvement of sound quality. Variety of connection options. Great ability for many inputs and power for it.
Cons: FM reception of weak stations; poor, cheap FM antenna. Combination settings on the surface while simple things like bass and treble buried.
Replacing my Onkyo, which suffered from inadequate capacitors, I did exhaustive review of various AVR's before settling on the Yamaha, which seemed to offer most bang for the buck. So far it has met the promises. Setup instructions were logical and easy to follow, as was the YPAO procedure. Thus far I have not found anything to dislike.
Pros: Quick setup, flexible controls, numerous sound programs are easy to set and change
Cons: No printed manual
A very good product and is giving us hours of enjoyment with in believable performance!
Purchased to replace a malfunctioning Onkyo, this Yamaha seems to do all it was advertised. The setup, if done with simple theater speakers, etc. went well, with a free app to help with the connecting. Crutchfield's techies were very helpful with problems related to connection of non-traditional accessory units. Their sales staff was VERY helpful in helping to make this choice, so I highly recommend this unit AND Crutchfield's sales advisors, especially for a music buff with minor expertise in the variety of features of these newer home theater units. Much of the unit control needs to be accessed through the on-screen system, but a majority of everyday control is through the remote or another Yamaha free app for your tablet or cellphone.
Pros: Good apps for connection set-up and usual operation for tablets/phones. Lots of space for connections of theater/game/music equipment through av/hdmi options. 2 zone feature a plus.
Cons: Other-than-basic setup needs techie support. Remote can be challenging. On-line manual confusing & leaves non-techies far behind.
Very easy to set-up, sounds great, and love the MusicCast feature! Still need to take full advantage of the ability to listen in different rooms!
Pros: Easy set up Great features
Cons: Don't like screw type speaker terminals but they all have them! Have ordered banana plugs!
Its a great receiver. Was little difficult to set up and trying to understand the difference between 5.1 and 7.1 and where to connect 7.1 speakers. At the beginning of the manual great pictures shows the connection for a 7.1 system but it is not really the right connection. So Little confusing. I like all of the on screen setup menus, very nice and easy to work though. Understanding all the terminology and settings is the toughest part as this receiver replaced a Yamaha receiver that was more then 16 years old so a lot in technology has changed. Would like to see a larger remote as the lettering is very small. Overall I think it wil be a great receiver for the money.
Pros: on screen menus, screen on receiver is read to read from a distance, great picture and sound.
Cons: remote buttons are very small and hard to read
Very nice product. Easy hook up and should is very nice
Much easier to set up than any previous home theater receiver I have owned. Works fine. I especially like the HDMI selections on the remote. I recommend this product without hesitation.
Pros: Easy to set up and operate.
Cons: No printed owner's manual. Manual is provided on cd, but printing it will take time as it was 155 pages
Awesome piece of equipment! There are so many ways to enjoy it.
the Yamaha 681 is better than I even thought it would be. the audio for music is great and movies are even better.
Sounds great, love the functions, but the online manual is a bit hard to follow.
Unable to use the audio pass through feature to watch TV without surround sound. Some issue with the hdmi handshake between my cable box DVR and the Yamaha unit. Crutchfield was good and replaced the unit but new one has same issue. I have to use optical audio instead of hdmi cable.
Pros: Good customer service by Crutchfield
Cons: Yamaha tech support blames it my cable box
sucks with no manual and unable to download specific parts of the manual. Had hard time hooking up all speakers
Pros: able to hook all component to include turntable
Cons: no manual and no fun reading disk then go upstairs to try and remember what i read , also need to be able to print parts of the on line Manuel
I'm very happy with the unit and came highly recommended. I have a 7.1 setup with speakers outside that are wired to this unit on the inside. I'm still confused on how to switch zones, using one format in one room (bluetooth), vs. a different format in a different room. I'm old school, I like having a printed users manual as well, which wasn't available (but is so online). I need to take the time to learn all of it's features. Overall, I am pleased, but need to learn its capabilities. Yamaha is known for providing the best features for the price. Seems to be the case.
Pros: Plenty of power.
Cons: Difficult set up, no printed owner/users manual
I went through three Sony receivers in 2.6 years. What a silly mess that was. After conducting more research and speaking to a Crutchfield tech and reading a lot of reviews and specs of many other brands, I opted for the Yamaha. It was very easy to set up, is easy to operate the various functions, has a lot of options and has great sound. It has worked flawlessly.
Very nice A/V Receiver for the money!
I bought this unit to replace a 25 year old Sony for use primarily as receiver to listen to music on my patio and family room. The sound is awesome and the Musicast I bought this unit primarily to listen to music on my patio and family room now with a future plan to use it in a home theater. Setup of the wireless through my iPhone was painless. I now have full access to streaming services, my iTunes collection and full control of music selection and volume through the Musicast app on my phone and iPad. Everything works as advertised and it sounds great. Very happy with my choice.
Pros: Ease of set-up, overall quality and great sound.
Cons: A little pricey. Other than that, none yet.
|Number Of Channels||7|
|Stereo RMS Power (watts)||90|
|THD in Stereo||0.09 %|
|Frequency Bandwidth (stereo)||20-20k Hz|
|Minimum Impedance L/R||4 ohms|
|Minimum Impedance Center||6 ohms|
|Minimum Impedance Surround||6 ohms|
|Apple AirPlay||Built in|
|App Remote Control||Yes|
|USB port for iPod/iPhone||No|
|FM Sensitivity||Not Given|
|HD Radio Tuner||No|
|On-Screen Display||Thru HDMI|
|Auto Speaker Calibration||YPAO RSC|
|HDCP 2.2 for 4K Video||Yes|
|HDMI Standby Pass-through||Yes|
|4K Video Upscaling||Yes|
|HDMI to HDMI Upconversion||Yes|
|Multibrand Remote Control||No|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
|Powered Multi-room Audio Output||Yes|
|Preamp Multi-room Audio Output||Yes|
|Multi-room HDMI Output||No|
|Playback from Digital Audio Inputs||No|
|Playback from Streaming Sources||Yes|
|Dolby Digital||DD, TrueHD, DD+, EX|
|DTS||DTS, HD, HDMA, ES, 96/24|
|Inputs & Outputs|
|Component Video Inputs||2|
|Component Video Monitor Outputs||1|
|Optical Digital Inputs||1|
|Coaxial Digital Inputs||2|
|Optical Digital Outputs||None|
|Coaxial Digital Outputs||None|
|HDMI Monitor Outputs||1|
|Discrete Subwoofer Outputs||No|
|Multi-Channel Analog Input||No|
|Multi-channel Preamp Output||No|
|Main Speaker Output Pairs||1|
|Main Speaker Terminals||Posts|
|USB Connections||1 Front|
|Removable Power Cord||No|
Yamaha's Total Purity Concept: The Yamaha RX-V681 AV Receiver incorporates Yamaha's Total Purity Concept for the finest sound quality. The Total Purity Concept, which Yamaha has been cultivating for many years, encompasses high drive amp technology, high purity pre-amplification, anti-vibration technology, and independent pure power supplies. As a result, this AV receiver can provide high-quality sound for your movie & music soundtracks.
Intelligent Amplifier Assignment: Intelligent Amp Assignment automatically assigns amplifier channels of the Yamaha AV receiver to certain speakers depending on what speaker layout has been selected and what content is being played back. You can connect up to nine speakers to the AV receiver and it will determine which seven speakers need amplification. You can choose from a variety of amplifier speaker layout configurations.
YPAO Sound Optimization: This unit employs the YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Acoustic Optimizer), which automatically adjusts the output of the speakers based on placement, performance, and the room's acoustic characteristics. Yamaha's YPAO system uses a small microphone and sophisticated equalization to automatically set the best sound for any room, no matter where the speakers are. First it checks the speaker connections and phase of each speaker. Then it sends out tones which are captured by the microphone to analyze the room acoustics and sets a variety of parameters; such as the speaker size, the distance of the speakers, and even the volume level; until it achieves the best sound conditions for your room. Using the supplied Optimizer Microphone, YPAO performs the following checks and makes appropriate adjustments to give you the best possible sound from your system
Note: You can also choose to manually adjust the AV receiver's speaker, crossover, & EQ settings.
Compatible Digital Audio Formats: The AV receiver supports the following stereo & multichannel digital audio formats through its HDMI jacks and optical/coax digital inputs.
|Digital Audio Connector||Audio Signal Type||Audio Signal Format|
|HDMI||2Ch Linear PCM||2ch, 32-192kHz, 16/20/24-bit|
|Multichannel Linear PCM||8ch, 32-192kHz, 16/20/24-bit|
|DSD||2-6ch, 2.8824MHz, 1-bit|
|Bitstream||Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, DTS, DTS ES, DTS 96/24|
|High Definition Audio Bitstream||Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS:X, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS Express|
|Optical/Coaxial||2Ch Linear PCM||2ch, 32-96kHz, 16/20/24-bit|
|Multichannel Linear PCM||6ch, 32-96Hz, 16/20/24-bit|
|Bitstream||Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, DTS, DTS ES, DTS 96/24|
Immersive Surround Sound: The Yamaha RX-V681 AV receiver goes beyond regular surround with the latest immersive surround sound formats, including Dolby Atmos & DTS:X (future firmware update required for DTS:X).
Post Decoding Formats: The Yamaha AV receiver supports Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X, and DTS Neo:6 (Music/Cinema) to enhance 2-channel and multichannel decoding formats.
Cinema DSP Soundfields: Conventional multichannel audio reproduction systems base their sound on Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, using matrix and steering technologies to create surround sound effects. Yamaha Cinema DSP is much more advanced, actually creating richly realized independent soundfields that envelop you in an unmatched surround sound experience. With dialog, music and effects ideally located in these separate soundfields, you will hear sound with accurate placement, smooth movement, exceptional clarity and richness, and realistic presence. It will seem as if the walls of your room have disappeared and you are in the middle of your own immense theater. The AV receiver offers 17 Cinema DSP programs for movies, music, and games.
Cinema DSP Modes: The Yamaha RX-V681 AV receiver offers proprietary Yamaha Cinema modes so you can enjoy your movies and music even more in your home; regardless if you are using 5.1 speaker setup, only have a two-channel speaker system, or listening through headphones.
CINEMA DSP Parameters: You can adjust the following parameters of the Cinema DSP modes.
HiFi Sound Modes: The Yamaha RX-V681 offers two HiFi audio modes which bypass the receiver's tone & DSP processing for higher sound quality performance. These HiFi sound modes lets you play back input sources without any soundfield effect processing. When either of theses modes are enabled, each speaker produces its own channel audio signal (without soundfield processing). When playing back 2-channle sources, such as a CD player, stereo sound is heard from the front speakers. When playing back multichannel sources, the receiver produces unprocessed multichannel surround sound.
Compressed Music Enhancer: Yamaha employs sophisticated digital signal processing with exclusive algorithms to enable playback that improves the performance of compressed music formats, including MP3, WMA, & AAC. The Yamaha receiver's Compressed Music Enhancer feature is even optimized for Bluetooth wireless audio streaming. With the Compressed Music Enhancer, highs and especially lows are richer and smoother, bringing music back to life to be as close to the original as possible.
Dialog Lift, Level, & Control: Dialog Lift raises the sound of dialogue from the center speaker to a position in the center of the screen. Newly developed virtual dialogue lift achieves dialogue lift function even without the need for presence speakers. Dialog Level Adjustment lets you control the volume of the vocal sound, so you hear movie dialog and music vocals at the ideal level for clear, comfortable listening. DTS Dialog Control allows you to boost the dialog to make dialog more intelligible in noisy environments.
Center-Channel Adjustment: When using the Dolby Surround mode, you can adjust the "Center Spread" to spread the center channel signals to the left and right front speakers. When in DTS Neo:6 Music mode, you can adjust the "Center Image" to broaden the effect level of the center-channel on the front soundfield.
Dynamic Range Control: The Yamaha RX-V681 employs two Dynamic Range Control functions.
Bass Management: The Yamaha RX-V681 AV receiver provides the following Bass Management settings.
Volume Setup: The Yamaha RX-V681 allows you to customize the receiver's volume levels.
Phono Input: The Yamaha AV receiver features a dedicated Phono (MM) input for connecting your turntable and listening to your vinyl records.
Audio Outputs: The Yamaha RX-V681 AV receiver is fitted with binding-post speaker terminals and dual mono-sub/LFE outputs, along with a front-panel headphone jack.
HDMI 2.0a: The Yamaha RX-V681 AV receiver is fitted with six HDMI 2.0a inputs (5 rear/1 front) and one HDMI 2.0a output that support the latest HDMI standards; such as 4K/60Hz, 4:4:4 color subsampling, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Wide Color Gamut (BT.2020), and 21:9 aspect ratio. The receiver's HDMI 1-3 inputs and HDMI output also support HDCP 2.2 for full support of today's 4K content from Ultra HD Blu-ray, online video services (like Amazon & Netflix), and future TV broadcast services.
Note: Use a premium high-speed 18Gbps HDMI cable for the best 4K/HDR performance.
4K Video Upscaling: The Yamaha RX-V681 is capable of outstanding upscaling and i/p conversion quality. This AV Receiver will upscale video signals from analog (480i only)-to-HDMI and HDMI-to-HDMI, up to 4K. This means a much better picture with HDTVs capable of 720p, 1080i, 1080p, or 4K resolution.
Other HDMI Features: The Yamaha RX-V681 AV receiver's HDMI connectivity also offers 3D video pass-through, ARC (Audio Return Channel), Deep Color & x.v.Color support, as well as an auto LipSync function.
Composite & Component Video: The RX-V681 AV receiver offers both composite and component analog video jacks. The RX-V681 offers two component video inputs and one component video monitor output. These jacks have a frequency response of 5 Hz to 60 MHz and will pass High Definition video sources up to 1080p. The receiver also features four composite video inputs and one composite video monitor output (480i only).
Background Audio/Video: The Background Video feature allows you to watch a video source while listening to a different audio source. With the RX-V681, you can select any video input (HDMI or analog) and listen to audio via the receiver's AM/FM tuner, Aux input, Network, or Bluetooth.
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Yamaha AV receiver is fitted with a RJ-45 Ethernet (LAN) port to connect the receiver to your home network. The unit also offers built-in WiFi (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n; 2.4GHz) for a wireless network connection; WPS, WEP, WPA-PSK (TKIP), WPA-PSK (AES), WPA2-PSK (AES) security protection is supported. Either network connection gives the receiver access to your DLNA music server and various online music services. Wireless network setup can be done via WPS button, Access Point Scan, Manual Setting, PIN Code, or even through your Apple iOS device (5.0+).
Note: Network setup requires that the receiver be connected to your TV via HDMI for display of the on-screen menu. The receiver's network setup cannot be accessed through its front-panel display.
Internet Radio: The Yamaha RX-V681's network connection provides access to Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, Rhapsody, and vTuner Internet Radio online music services. You can control the Internet Radio services from the AV receiver's remote control and on-screen menu (via HDMI). The receiver will display station name, album name, song title, and elapsed time on your HDMI-connected television.
|Pandora||Pandora is free, personalized radio that plays music and comedy you'll love. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs, comedians or composers and Pandora will create a custom station that plays similar tracks. You can also rate (thumbs up/thumbs down) songs as they play, and Pandora will adapt stations to your feedback. You can even bookmark up to 100 stations and easily switch between favorites.|
|Spotify Connect||With the Spotify app (premium account required) on your Apple iOS or Android smartphone, you've got instant access to millions of songs. And now you can stream those same songs from your smartphone to the Yamaha AV receiver by using Spotify Connect; simply hit play on the app to start streaming music. What's more, when you've been listening to Spotify on your smartphone outside and come inside, the song immediately begins to stream to the receiver for uninterrupted music enjoyment. You can also personalize playlists and receive phone calls while listening to music.|
|SiriusXM||Requires firmware update. SiriusXM Internet Radio lets you listen to over 120 channels of commercial-free music, talk radio, news, sports, entertainment, and more.|
|Rhapsody||Rhapsody is a streaming music subscription service (starting a $10 per month) that allows you to play the full-length songs you choose on demand from a collection of over 10 million songs, without ads and without having to purchase or download the music.|
|vTuner||You can also listen to Internet radio stations using the vTuner Internet Radio Station database service particularly customized for this unit, providing a database of numerous radio stations around the world. You can search for Internet Radio stations by Location, Genre, New, Popular, or Podcast.|
DLNA + WiFi Direct: The Yamaha RX-V681 AV receiver supports music streaming from WiFi-enabled devices (via WiFi Direct) and DLNA certified devices (via your home network). Supported music files include; MP3 (up to 48kHz/320kbps), WMA (up to 48 kHz/320kbps), AAC (up to 48 kHz/320kbps), ALAC (up to 96kHz/24-bit), AIFF (up to 192kHz/24-bit), WAV (up to 192kHz/24-bit)), FLAC (up to 192kHz/24-bit), and DSD (2.8/5.6MHz).
AM/FM Tuner: The Yamaha RX-V681 AV receiver features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. The RX-V681 lets you store up to 40 AM/FM station presets. This can be done manually or automatically (auto-preset tuning). You can set this receiver to automatically match FM broadcast frequencies in stereo, or convert the frequency to monaural for weaker stations. An indoor FM wire antenna and AM loop antenna are included with the receiver.
Web Control: When connected to your network (with Internet connection), you can control the Yamaha AV receiver with the web control screen displayed in your PC's web browser. You'll be able to control functions such as, Power On/Off & Volume. Internet Explorer 9.x, 10.x, 11.x, or Safari 7.x is recommended for web browser.
Firmware Updates: New firmware will be released for the purpose of additional features or product improvements. Firmware updates can be downloaded from the Yamaha website. If this unit is connected to the Internet, the receiver will indicate when a new firmware version is available and you can download the firmware via the network connection. Firmware updates normally take approximately 20 minutes or longer. Check Yamaha's Support Download Site for the most recent firmware updates.
AirPlay: AirPlay lets you stream your favorite songs directly from your Apple iOS (4.3.3+) device or from your iTunes (10.2.2+) library on your Windows PC or Mac computer to the AV receiver, over your home's wireless network connection. From your Apple iOS device you are able to stream stored music on your device, downloaded music apps, and music on your iCloud to the AV receiver. From your Windows or Mac you can stream your stored iTunes music library on your computer to the AV receiver; you can even download Apple's free Remote App onto your compatible iOS device to browse and control playback functions of the music stored in your iTunes music library on your computer that is being streamed to the AV receiver. With AirPlay you also get to see song/artist information and album art via the receiver's on-screen menu (via HDMI).
Built-in Bluetooth: The Yamaha RX-V681 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (version 2.1+EDR) for wireless communication between Bluetooth-enabled audio source devices, headphones, and speakers. The AV receiver can act as a Bluetooth receiver in order to wirelessly stream music from an audio device, or a Bluetooth transmitter in order to wirelessly stream music to a set of BT-enabled headphones/speakers.
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Yamaha AV receiver.
USB Port: This AV receiver is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port that allows you to enjoy a variety of music files stored on a USB mass storage class memory device, such as a USB thumbdrive or portable digital audio player (not compatible with USB HDDs). Your USB mass storage class device must be formatted in FAT 16 or FAT32.You can use the receiver's on-screen menu (via HDMI) and remote control to navigate your stored music files on your connected USB memory device. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the AV receiver's USB port (5V/1A); even in standby mode. Compatible music files include:
Note: The receiver's USB port does not support Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad or Android smartphones/tablets.
Zone 2: The Zone 2 feature allows you to set this receiver to reproduce separate input sources in the main zone and the second zone (Zone 2). The receiver has dedicated stereo RCA outputs for Zone 2, or the built-in amplifier can be configured to power speakers in the second zone connected to the Extra Speaker terminals. By using the RCA outputs on the AV receiver you can connect an external receiver or integrated amplifier in a second room, allowing you to listen to 7.1ch surround in the main room and play a different stereo audio source in another room of your home. In this setup, the volume of Zone 2 can be controlled by the receiver or an optional integrated amp. By using the speaker-level outputs on the AV receiver you can directly connect a secondary pair of speakers in another room of your home, allowing you to listen to 5.1 surround sound in your main room and play a different stereo audio source in the other room. When the receiver is powering speakers in Zone 2, the surround back speakers in the main room are turned off (limiting you to 5.1ch in the main room). In this configuration, the volume of Zone 2 is controlled by the AV receiver
Party Mode: The Party Mode allows you to enjoy the AV receiver's Main Zone audio source in Zone 2, simultaneously (regardless of input audio signal types - analog, digital or wireless). During the party mode, stereo playback is automatically selected for all zones. The Main Zone & Zone 2's volume can be adjusted independently. Utilize this function when you want to play back an audio source as background music in two rooms of your home.
MusicCast Wireless Multiroom Streaming: This AV receiver supports Yamaha's MusicCast multiroom audio eco-system, which allows you to wirelessly play back a wide variety of audio sources and content in multiple rooms of your home (additional MusicCast products sold separately). MusicCast works with your home's existing WiFi router and Yamaha's free MusicCast App for Apple (iOS 7.1+) iPod/iPhone/iPad and Android (OS 4.1+) smartphones/tablets. You'll be able to stream the receiver's tuner, inputs, Bluetooth, and network sources to other MusicCast products installed in your home. In addition, you'll be able to stream your MusicCast products' sources to the AV receiver. MusicCast supports the following source content.
MusicCast App: The free MusicCast app can be downloaded for Apple (iOS 7.1+) iPod/iPhone/iPad and Android (OS4.1+) smartphones/tablets. The MusicCast app puts control of your whole home listening experience in the palm of your hand from your Apple iOS or Android device. You'll be able to quickly select the room or rooms you want to listen to music in, select the source or sources you want to listen to, browse music content from your music library and online music services or Internet Radio, plus control music playback functions.
Note: Up to 10 MusicCast devices can be controlled by the MusicCast app.
AV Controller App: Download Yamaha's free AV Controller App on to your Apple (iOS 6.0+) iPod/iPhone/iPad or Android (OS 2.1+) smartphone/tablet and turn your mobile device into a Wi-Fi enabled remote control for the Yamaha AV receiver. Your Apple iOS or Android device must be connected to the same home network as the Yamaha AV receiver.
AV Setup Guide App: Download Yamaha's AV Setup Guide App onto your Apple (iOS 6.0+) iPad or Android (OS 4.0+) tablet for assistance with connecting cables between the Yamaha AV receiver and your source devices as well as AV receiver setup. This app guides you through various settings including speaker connections, TV and source device connections, plus assigning the power amplifier. Once you have completed the setup guide, settings from this app will automatically be copied to your network-connected AV receiver for quick and easy setup.
Remote Control: The receiver comes with an IR remote control for wireless operation of this receiver and other HDMI-connected sources (via HDMI CEC). This newly designed remote control features large buttons for enhanced ease of use.
HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control): The Yamaha AV receiver supports HDMI-CEC, which synchronizes the operation of this unit with other HDMI-CEC devices when connected via HDMI. When the AV receiver is connected to a HDMI-CEC compatible TV, they will turn ON/OFF together and you can use the TV remote to control the volume of the receiver. HDMI-CEC also provides playback functionality with other components, such as your Blu-ray player. For example, you can use the receiver's remote control to operate player functions like Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, or Stop.
Note: Not all HDMI-CEC compatible components and functions are guaranteed to work.
Remote Jacks: The receiver has remote input and remote output minijack terminals (3.5mm) for use with external IR receivers and compatible Yamaha components.
12V Trigger Output: The RX-V681 has a programmable minijack output to send a 12-Volt DC turn-on signal to another component that accepts a 12V trigger, such as a power amplifier or motorized projection screen. The trigger is programmed either to work with a specific zone (main room or Zone2) or a specific source.
Advanced On-Screen Menu: The RX-V681 offers an on-screen (GUI) menu system through its HDMI output. The simple on-screen display combines text and graphics that make setup and other operations extremely easy. If your TV is connected to the composite video or component video monitor output, you will need to use the AV receiver's front-panel display when changing settings. You can set the receiver's on-screen menu language to English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, or Chinese.
Note: Initial setup requires that the receiver be connected to your TV via HDMI for display of the on-screen menu. Many of the receiver's setup functions can only be found via the on-screen menu and not the front-panel display.
Scene (for One-Touch Start): The RX-V681 features four Scene buttons on the front-panel and remote to make operating the receiver easier. Pressing a Scene button will automatically launch a number of operations that initiate play of the source controlled by that button; such as powering on the receiver, switching to the appropriate source input, and recalling the selected DSP surround mode.
Gapless Playback: Many live and classical albums have no gaps in the music. Gapless playback ensures that there are no pauses between audio files. This provides playback with no interruptions, the way it was meant to be heard. Compatible with WAV, FLAC, AIFF, and ALAC music files via USB or DLNA.
Favorites: You can register up to 40 favorite USB music files, internet radio stations, and/or other network music content as shortcuts ("Favorites") and access them directly. Only the input source will be registered for Bluetooth and AirPlay.
Input Rename & Skip: You can rename each input so the display reflects the actual source; choose from 15 templates or create an original name, up to nine characters. If an input isn't being used, you can hide it from the display so you don't have to scroll past it when you change sources.
Display Dimmer: You can set the brightness of the front-panel display from -4 to 0.
ECO Mode: When the ECO Mode is enabled, you can reduce the receiver' power consumption by keeping the maximum volume, maximum output power, and front display's brightness low. ECO mode reduces power consumption by approximately 20%.
Timers: The receiver offers a programmable Sleep Timer and Auto Power Down function.
Memory Guard: This feature is used to prevent accidental changes to the DSP program parameter values and other system settings.
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Research on Internet, customers reviews and experience with previous Yamaha products. And great respect for the Crutchfield company. [ ROBERT Apr 23, 2017 ]
Have always bought Yamaha receivers. Needed an upgrade and this had what I wanted. [ CRAIG Apr 07, 2017 ]
Previous Yamaha owner with great satisfaction. Replacing Harmon Kardon AV525. [ Thomas K. Mar 13, 2017 ]
Has the features I need for my upgrade: Bluetooth connectivity, Smart phone controlled, Phono input and recommended by Chrutchfield Advisor Andy during my IM chat with him on 2/14/17. [ Michael Feb 24, 2017 ]
Upgrading TV to 4K/HDR & my current receiver/amp doesn't support it. A friend recommended the Yamaha. Phono hookup is also important. [ P Jan 12, 2017 ]
Old receiver would not hook up to new 4K DVD player. This unit allowed us to up grade for the DVD player as well as operate our surround sound system and out door speakers. [ Allen Jan 11, 2017 ]
Recommendation of service representative re better fit for the existing home wiring of the eight speakers plus subwoofer. Known brand quality. [ Robert Dec 30, 2016 ]
Reviews on several audio-video sites were mostly very good. Its features were very good for its price. [ James Dec 23, 2016 ]
Own research and advisor. Needed to refresh my 25 year old AV with new technology as I am building a new generation theatre in my home [ Robert Dec 20, 2016 ]
Advice from advisors. Had an Onkyo that didn't work properly and have had problems with Integra. My old Yamaha receivers are antiquated but still work as well as the day I bought them decades ago [ Bernard Nov 18, 2016 ]
Have a Yamaha 750 and this looked like a nice addition to the family [ Robert Nov 13, 2016 ]
Features that support my home networking needs and use of Apple products [ David A. Oct 19, 2016 ]
Yamaha quality + Music Cast & blue tooth [ james Sep 13, 2016 ]
It has the zone 2 feature that allows separate audio to connect to a 12ch amp that will drive 12 outdoor speakers and in a price range that fits what I need. I'm upgrading my av from a yamaha and love the natural sound it produces when yamaha NS-AW390 outdoor speakers are used. Also loved this web site for the help with my research [ Jay Sep 13, 2016 ]
Features I wanted and low (0.06%) THD at rated power [ Jay Aug 06, 2016 ]
Bought the RX-V779 for my mom and she really liked it. So did I. I'm buying this newer version for myself. [ riderjwc Aug 04, 2016 ]
I'm replacing my 10 year old pre-HDMI Sony STR-998 and chatted with David about my priorities being equivalent power and easy of use (especially the initial set-up) and followed his advice to choose Yamaha. David's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=22 [ Stephen Jul 31, 2016 ]
I picked this item because of the feature sets. It has phono input for my turn table, the MusicCast app to play music from multi rooms, the DVD video up conversion for 4K, Apple Airplay, Wifi, and do much more for a great price. [ Randy Jul 24, 2016 ]
Dual Input Good for music & sound Price [ Harrison Jun 08, 2016 ]
Mine does not have a 120 / 220 volt switch, I am in US . Manual says that only the Taiwan, Brazil and General models have a 120 / 220 switch. Whatever General models means. [ Perry Mar 05, 2017 ]
No [ will Mar 05, 2017 ]
SiriusXM Internet radio is not satellite radio. Internet radio requires a Internet connection to the receiver, either WiFi or Ethernet. So far, a great receiver! [ Eric Jan 31, 2017 ]
You would need a separate XM receiver, it has an input for it ( I believe) so it is XM "ready" [ HERBERT Jan 30, 2017 ]
I recently purchased this receiver and use the SiriusXM feature. The SiriusXM feature on this receiver works with Internet streaming SiriusXM for the stations supported by the streaming offering, which is not the full lineup. The sound quality is excellent and seems to work reliably as long as the Internet is working. If you want the entire SiriusXM lineup, you would need to get that through a satellite receiver. The feature is easy to set up on the receiver and offers the ability to opt for a 30 day free trial. It takes 3-4 clicks on the remote to change between channels. If you have an existing SiriusXM subscription, you need to have (pay for) streaming service once the free trial ends. [ DEBORAH Jan 28, 2017 ]
Hello, unfortunately I am not using the xm at this time. From my research it appears to eliminate the separate xm receivers and uses the Yamaha xm built into the unit. When I go into Yamaha app it shows under inputs Sirius xm. It explains you have to register . [ Marc Jan 28, 2017 ]
Sirius XM receiver built into this receiver so no external receiver required but you will still need subscription to listen to all their channels. [ MATTHEW ST Jan 28, 2017 ]
It will stream over the internet if you have a subscription to SeriousXM. [ Jerrold Jan 28, 2017 ]
Yes; as long as you have your Yamaha connected to your home wifi. [ Michale Jan 27, 2017 ]
Yes, you just need to have active SiriusXM subscription and activate your Yamaha as "new radio". [ Petr Jan 27, 2017 ]
The manual does not specifically mention SiriusXM, but does provide instructions for listening to internet radio, no extra receiver needed, only an internet connection. I suggest going to the manufacturer's website for specific info. [ Robin Jan 27, 2017 ]
Sorry answer submitted before finished. The following seems to help keep latency to a minimum and to me acceptable. At least from my set up if I have the receiver on and Bluetooth selected as input before starting the tv latency is a fraction of a second but if order is reversed latency is unacceptable. No idea why this works but for me clearly is the case. Also using Ethernet network connection for the receiver and not WiFi. This seems less important but did read that the receiver has only the single antenna for both Bluetooth and Wifi potentially increasing latency if using Wifi for network connection. [ John Jan 20, 2017 ]
Yes but there can be latency issues or delay in audio compared to video. I am currently using Bluetooth to connect a smart tv. Latency can range from a fraction of a second and only visible as lip sinc a bit off to as much as several seconds and very noticeable. For example program audio still playing but video already switched to a commercial. [ John Jan 20, 2017 ]
Not sure I understand the question. I have direct TV, and amazon fire stick. We listen and watch Netflex as well as other media all throough my V681 receiver. So not sure what bluetooth has to do with it. [ Gary Jan 20, 2017 ]
I have mine connected by Ethernet to a router also, Wifi off. Even so the music cast app works fine over wifi since connecting to the same router. [ John Jan 21, 2017 ]
From the manual for the RX-V681, it says "The unit supports the Wi-Fi feature that allows the unit to connect to your wireless router without a network cable connection. In addition, Wireless Direct enables connecting a mobile device to the unit directly without a router." I have not tried this out, I have mine connected with a hard wire to my router. Hope this helps. [ Perry Jan 19, 2017 ]
There is an "AV Controller" app that you can download for phones or tablets that gives you pretty much full control via a local wifi network. It actually has a very nice user interface. So yes, technically the receiver supports an RF remote. The standard remote control is IR only. [ Jay Jan 18, 2017 ]
I don't know what "not a true 4K" means. The specs page states this receiver is a full 4K ultra HD resolution. At this time I do not have a 4K tv, so can't comment on the receiver's performance in that function. However, I see no reason to doubt the manufacturer's specs. [ William Dec 10, 2016 ]
Yes, it is SiriusXm radio capable. [ Mark Oct 04, 2016 ]
The Yamaha app makes connection and changes very simple, using airplay I am able to launch from all music sources from my iOS devices including sxm radio. Very slick interface. [ Keith Oct 04, 2016 ]
I just figured out zone 2 with vendor help. We have it driving outdoor speakers without a pre-amp and in this set up I can control both indoor and zone 2 volume from the Yamaha app. The music cast app does not do much. Hope this helps. [ MICHAEL G Jun 18, 2016 ]